Pro. Tim Settlemyer
Pro. Chris Fry
Pro. Brian Shaffer
Pro. Jay Laser
On Sunday, October 19, 2014, several Ubarians were honored by being created members of the Legion of Honor of the Order of DeMolay.
For those who don’t know, DeMolay is an organization dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives. It opens doors for young men aged 12 to 21 by developing the civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills so vitally needed in society today. The Legion of Honor is given to Senior DeMolays and Master Masons in recognition of their achievements in some field of endeavor, whether civic, fraternal, or philanthropic.
In a ceremony at the Masonic Villages at Elizabethtown, four Ubarians were eleveated to this distinction – Pro. Tim Settlemyer, Potent Monarch, Pro. Chris Fry, Pro. Brian Shaffer, and Pro. Jay M. Laser. Participating in the conferral were several Ubarians as well, including Pro. Russ Baker, Sheik of Ubar; Pro. Tom Labagh, Sheik of Ubar; Pro. Seth Anthony, Past Monarch; Pro. Mike Larkin; and Pro. Ed Stumm. Many more Prophets were in the audience as well.
Congratulations to these men for this well deserved honor!
First Ubar – then the world! (With stops for plenty of hospitality suites in between!)
Ubar Grotto has only been in existence about 3 years. In that time, we’ve been witness to the rule of three Monarchs – Pro. Seth Anthony (styled “The Portly”), Pro. George Hindson (styled “The Disheveled), and our current ruler Pro. Tim Settlemyer (known as “The Tyrant.”) Two of these rulers have now gone to further leadership positions outside of Ubar. Earlier this year, Pro. Hindson was installed as the second Honorable President of the Colonial Grotto Association. Then, on Saturday, October 4, 2014, Pro. Seth Anthony was installed as the 41st President of the Pennsylvania Grotto Association at its annual meeting held in Meadville, PA.
Yes, that’s right – Ubar Grotto is home to Presidents of two separate Grotto Associations at the same time (which is quite the rare occurrence in the Realm!) Pro. Anthony was also pleased to announce that two Ubar Prophets will join him as officers; Pro. Jay Laser is appointed Marshal and the Rev. Dr. and Pro. Chris Rodkey is appointed as Chaplain for the Association for the ensuing year.
On April 17-19, 2015, Ubar Grotto will host a joint meeting of the Colonial Grotto Association and the Pennsylvania Grotto Association in Gettysburg, PA, to celebrate this unique occurrence. Registration information can be found by clicking here. Mark your calendars now and join us in celebration!
The original Cyrus jewel, depicted at left, compared to the reproduction jewel, at right.
Since its inception, Ubar Grotto has worked to recreate the Grotto of yesterday combined with the flair of today. Earlier this year, another part of that mission was envisioned when Pro. Seth Anthony happened upon an old Past Monarch’s jewel with the thoughts of having it recreated for use by Grottoes today. Purchased at auction, and rendered in 10k gold, the piece was marvelous to behold and begged to be given a second chance at life.
The jewel belonged to Pro. Ben Peterson of Cyrus Grotto in Hutchinson, Kansas. Pro. Ben was a farmer by trade and an active member of Cyrus Grotto’s Patrol Unit from the very early days of the Grotto. He later served as Monarch, earning the distinction of being a Past Monarch. Cyrus Grotto was chartered in 1922, meaning Ben would have served as the 7th Monarch of Cyrus in 1928. The Grotto closed in 1966, surrendering its charter to the Supreme Council.
After receiving the jewel, Pro. Anthony contacted the fine folks at Wilkins Brothers, a well known jeweler that supplies regalia to several Masonic bodies. Dozens of pictures of the jewel were sent to the firm, along with specific measurements. After more than 3 months of work, the first prototype model was created. The prototype remains very close to the original jewel, only containing some minor cosmetic changes.
At this time, Ubar, Azim, and Abaca Grottoes have all signed on to purchase jewels from the initial striking (set right now at 65 pieces.) Each piece will come with a leather pocket holder and be provided in a padded jewel case imprinted with the words “Past Monarch.” The best part is that the jeweler was able to keep costs down, meaning each jewel should cost less than $25 a piece!
This is a marvelous part of Grotto history, now made available for a new generation. We think Pro. Peterson would be justly proud to know that his jewel has inspired a whole new group of Prophets to strive for sympathy and good fellowship!